Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Recess Monkey grabs Gove by the Nuts

I rather approved of Michael Gove's complaints about lads' mags yesterday. Their values are crass and it ought to be possible for a politician to criticise something without being assumed to be calling for it to be banned.

But now Recess Monkey had discovered that in April 2005 (in other words, in the run up to the general election at which he was first elected) Gove's constituency received a donation of £2000 from Red Fig Ltd.

And Red Fig is the company that helped launch Nuts TV.

A press release on its website gives a taste of the channel's output:
programming highlights include: Fit and Fearless, where young ladies, aided by spirit medium Ian Lawman, travel across the UK seeking out paranormal experiences and Britain’s Fittest Barmaid, which invites the Nation’s top pint pullers to show off their physical skills as they journey across the country.
Actually, that sounds rather fun. But let's leave the last word to Mr Gove:
"The images they use and project reinforce a very narrow conception of beauty and a shallow approach towards women. They celebrate thrill-seeking and instant gratification without ever allowing any thought of responsibility towards others, or commitment, to intrude. Thank you, a cheque will do nicely."

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